What Should I Know About The Abortion Pill Process

Considering abortion? Facing an unplanned pregnancy? 

If you have an unplanned pregnancy, you might be considering your pregnancy options. 

You have information you need to process (from internal to external). We offer no-cost pregnancy testing and no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasound to help you determine viability, how far along you are in pregnancy, and the location of the baby ~ to help you gather the facts.

Considering the Abortion Pill?

Gather information on the Abortion Pill process, facts, and risks women have encountered. Before you begin to consider your pregnancy options, confirm that you are pregnant, confirm viability, and gather the facts.

What Should I Know About The Abortion Pill Process?

The Abortion Pill is a process and consists of multiple pills. The goal of the Abortion Pill is to stop nutrients and oxygen from going to the fetus and cause intense contractions. These Abortion Pills are Mifepristone (Mifeprex) and Misoprostol (Cytotec).

The Abortion Pill is intended to be used to terminate an early pregnancy / is taken during the first trimester only.

How Mifepristone Works…

Mifepristone is the first pill in the two-pill process. Mifepristone will “block the production of progesterone – the hormone that helps provide important nutrients and oxygen to the baby (source).” What does that all mean?

This means… Mifepristone, once taken in the first several weeks of pregnancy, blocks the progesterone receptors and the lining of the uterus thins and weakens. The embryo detaches from the lining.

The baby, deprived of blood and nourishment, dies.

Two days later, Misoprostol is taken / inserted in the doctor’s office.

How Misoprostol Works…

Misoprostol is the second component in the two stage process. Misoprostol is “taken two days later, causes uterine bleeding and strong contractions to expel the remains of the baby (source).”

Those that are prescribed the Abortion Pill are informed to stay home due to the intense contractions and heavy bleeding. Typically, bleeding will start within the first three hours after taking Misoprostol.

Within two weeks, a third appointment is required to confirm the abortion is complete.

Women should NOT receive / do the Abortion Pill / process if they:

  • Are past the early stage of pregnancy
  • Have problems with their adrenal glands
  • Have an IUD
  • Experience bleeding issues now or in the past
  • Take medicine to their thin blood
  • Currently have / have had an ectopic pregnancy
  • Are allergic to the medications (mifepristone, misoprostol, or medicines that contain misoprostol, such as Cytotec or Arthrotec)

The Abortion Pill is a two-step process over the course of approximately three weeks.

The Importance Of Confirming Pregnancy

It is estimated that about 1 in 3 women will miscarry in the early stages of pregnancy. Before you begin to consider your pregnancy options, confirm that you are pregnant, and confirm viability (whether pregnancy is likely to continue or naturally miscarry).

This service can be obtained at Options for Women free of charge.

Discuss Your Options And The Abortion Pill Process

If your health concerns, emotional concerns, or moral concerns raise questions for you, visit our health clinic nurse, staff, or client advocates. We provide you with no-cost services and practical support.

This process is a medical abortion, which means it carries risks. Risks associated with the Abortion Pill include:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Large blood clots
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Serious infection
  • Death (to the baby and to you)

At Options for Women / River Falls you have practical support. Meet with dedicated, caring staff who will be there for you. Care you can count on. Call us at 715-425-8539 to schedule your appointment or make your appointment online here.


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